Howard Works with Bonds
In case you missed it, Barry Bonds shared some interesting information with reporters yesterday in San Francisco:
He worked with Ryan Howard this offseason.
That’s interesting for a couple reasons:
1) No matter what your opinion of Bonds is, whether or not you think his statistics are legitimate or not (most don’t), he was an excellent hitter with an incredible approach at the plate.
2) Howard is hitting .357 (10 for 28) with three doubles, one triple, three home runs and 10 RBIs through six games. He has struck out just four times. Howard had struck in 32.4 percent of his at-bats in his career, but has struck out in just 14.3 percent of his at-bats this year. It’s just six games, but I know Howard wants to be more selective at the plate because he will see a steady diet of breaking balls.
“We worked. We talked. We did a little bit of everything,” Howard said. “I’m trying to learn from him.”
Howard wouldn’t get into specifics, but he said they generally talked about how to improve his approach at the plate and “finding that comfortable spot.”
“What he did for me was great,” Howard said. “That was huge. You don’t get too many chances to really work with somebody that you grew up idolizing. He’s one of the greatest players to ever play this game. For me it was an honor to just sit there and listen and watch. He’s so smart as far this game is concerned. The things that he knows, the things that he was telling me and teaching me, I hope to continue to learn. That’s the thing about this game. You’re always trying to make adjustments. You’re always trying to learn. And who better to learn from than one of the best players in the game?”
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